Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (knee) placed on DL

Saturday June 4th, 2016

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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Friday’s game against the Orioles with discomfort in his right knee and will be placed on the disabled list with an articular cartilage tear, the team announced Saturday.

The 36-year-old Teixeira exited in the third inning and was replaced by Rob Refsnyder, who made his first professional appearance at first base. He was sent to the hospital for an MRI. Teixeira also missed four games last week with neck spasms. 

Manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game that Teixeira’s knee “locked up on him.”

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Backup first baseman Dustin Ackley recently suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Greg Bird, who backed up Teixeira last season, is out for the season with a shoulder injury suffered before the season. 

Teixeira is batting .181 this season with a .538 OPS. He will be a free agent after the season. 

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